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Crystal Trade Names

Crystal Trade Names

Most names given to crystals and minerals are in reference to their colour, geographical location or mineral content, such as Lithium Quartz, which is so named because it contains Lithium. Blue Calcite is named after the colour. Sichuan Quartz is so called after the Sichuan Province in which is it found. However there are a lot of crystals which are known by multiple names, either to more accurately describe a particular variety of a mineral, or more make it more appealing to a particular market, often with the aim of driving the price up. It can be extremely confusing to...